1787 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Edmund Arwaker the Elder

Henry Headley, in Select Beauties of Ancient English Poetry (1787; 1810) 2:147.



In perusing Quarles, I have occasionally observed that he has sometimes taken thoughts from the works of Lord Sterling, but the passages were hardly worth noticing. Quarles was indebted to Herman Hugo for the hint of writing Emblems; the earliest edition I have been able to meet with is that published in 1623 at Antwerp, in tolerable good Latin Elegies. A translation of it appeared Lond. 1686, by Edm. Arwaker, M.A. who very injudiciously observes, that "Mr. Quarles only borrowed his Emblems, to prefix them to much inferior sense."